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PostPosted: Fri October 24th, 2014, 03:25 GMT 
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It occurs at 2:42, on the word I've bolded:
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But me, I expected it to happen
I knew he’d lost control
When he built a fire on Main Street
And shot it full of holes

(Listen to a clip here.)

It sounds like a take where he says "I" and and a take where he says "he" were edited together. I just did a bunch of googling and I can't find any mention of it.

Here are the versions of the song I have (the glitch is identical on every version):

Blonde on Blonde (2003 SACD)
Blonde on Blonde (2010 mono CD)
Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 (CD)
Masked and Anonymous soundtrack (CD)

Does anybody know the story behind it? I wish Sony would fix it.


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PostPosted: Fri October 24th, 2014, 03:35 GMT 
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If it were an edit as you describe the song would fall out of time. it sounds to me like he simply stumbled over the lyric when singing it, which has happened throughout his career.


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PostPosted: Fri October 24th, 2014, 03:35 GMT 
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Honestly, I don't hear any editing.


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PostPosted: Fri October 24th, 2014, 03:36 GMT 
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It's bugged me for years, assumed it was just a bad tape cut.


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PostPosted: Fri October 24th, 2014, 03:37 GMT 
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There's no glitch to fix...that's what he sang.


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PostPosted: Fri October 24th, 2014, 03:38 GMT 
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I've noticed it before of course, but always assumed it's just Dylan fumbling over his own words, not a technical glitch or overlay. And because 99% of the take was good, he just said, "f#@k it, use it." and that is that. But if I'm wrong, I'd be curious as well why it hasn't been fixed in post-production.


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PostPosted: Fri October 24th, 2014, 04:11 GMT 

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smoke wrote:
....... it sounds to me like he simply stumbled over the lyric when singing it,

I have always thought this too.


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PostPosted: Fri October 24th, 2014, 05:15 GMT 
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I think I agree with the Ginsbergian One that something's going on here. Bob's an expert escape artist but the way he saves this one from going out of rhythm is too instantaneous. Sounds like 'when aspy built a fire'


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PostPosted: Fri October 24th, 2014, 08:03 GMT 
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I too thought it was maybe just Dylan flubbing a line but the "built a fire on main street" part has too much force behind for it. It doesn't gel. There has been some tinkering.

Here is the Stuck Inside recording session:
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Columbia Recording Studios
Nashville, Tennessee
February 16, 1966, 6 - 10 pm and 10 pm - 1 am
and February 17, 1966, 1 - 4 am and 4 - 7 am.

Produced by Bob Johnston

1. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
                                              CO83187          Take 1b
2. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again         Take 2b
3. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again         Take 3b
4. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again         Take 4b
5. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again         Take 1b
6. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphls Blues Again         Take 2B
7. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again         Take 3B
8. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again         Take 4b
9. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again         Take 4B
10. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again        Take 5C
11. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again        Take 6B
12. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again        Take 7B
13. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again        Take 8B
14. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again        Take 9b
15. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again        Take 10b
16. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again        Take 11b
17. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again        Take 12B
18. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again        Take 13b
19. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again        Take 14C
20. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again        Take 15C
February 16 and February 17, 1-4 am: No song recorded.
February 17, 4-7 am: Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again recorded.

Source: http://www.punkhart.com/dylan/sessions-2.html

Track 20 is the album version.
Track 5 was released on the No Direction Home soundtrack
Track 12 is in circulation, according to Bjorner, though he doesn't say the name of a bootleg it's on. Can anybody elaborate?

We need the raw tape of track 20 from the session.


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PostPosted: Fri October 24th, 2014, 11:08 GMT 
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I always thought it sounded like "I speed-built a fire on Main street." :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri October 24th, 2014, 11:22 GMT 
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smoke wrote:
There's no glitch to fix...that's what he sang.


+1

when (i see..) he built a fire


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PostPosted: Fri October 24th, 2014, 11:36 GMT 
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Jordan wrote:
I always thought it sounded like "I speed-built a fire on Main street." :lol:


:lol::lol:
Do I like that! That is exactly what he sings in my head from now on.
Word play too!


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PostPosted: Fri October 24th, 2014, 14:49 GMT 

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I agree there is no glitch - he simply corrected an 'error' mid word, and chose not to do the whole thing again ....... as he says on the sleeve "I have given up any attempt at perfection", which has always struck me as one of Bob's most profound comments.


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PostPosted: Fri October 24th, 2014, 14:59 GMT 

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There are loads of "mistakes" on Blonde on Blonde...for instance, the drummer loses his place several times throughout Visions.


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PostPosted: Fri October 24th, 2014, 16:16 GMT 
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ginsberg65 wrote:
Track 20 is the album version.
Track 5 was released on the No Direction Home soundtrack
Track 12 is in circulation, according to Bjorner, though he doesn't say the name of a bootleg it's on. Can anybody elaborate?
We need the raw tape of track 20 from the session.


Olof probably made a typo here, 'Tracks 5 & 12' should have been 'Tracks 5 & 20' There are many little mistakes on Olof's site. (couldn't live without it though)

I also go with the quick vocal fluff & recovery.


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PostPosted: Fri October 24th, 2014, 16:46 GMT 
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Tragos114 wrote:
smoke wrote:
There's no glitch to fix...that's what he sang.


+1

when (i see..) he built a fire


Yeah. "When I see he built" is what I've always thought he sang.


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PostPosted: Fri October 24th, 2014, 16:50 GMT 

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The 1966 Canada mono vinyl release of Blonde on Blonde was cut from the earliest set of mixes. The vocal stumble on "Memphis Blues Again" (as it was titled on that release) is present on these mixes. Every subsequent release worldwide, mono or stereo, on vinyl, cassette, or CD has this stumble.


The vocal stumble, or hesitation, on "Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands" occurring at around 7 minutes where he sings,

"And with the child of the hoodlum wrapped up in your arms
How could they ever have (???????) you"

is present only on the Canada mono. Every subsequent release contains a clumsy edit at this point where the word "persuaded" has been spliced in. I think the original word that he hesitates on might be "invaded", but I can't be sure.

Other Blonde On Blonde edits and stumbles are discussed by Roger Ford at:-

http://www.rdf.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/Blonde.htm


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PostPosted: Fri October 24th, 2014, 17:11 GMT 
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arcadian wrote:
smoke wrote:
....... it sounds to me like he simply stumbled over the lyric when singing it,

I have always thought this too.



Me too.

It wouldn't be the only mistake to be found in Dylan's studio albums.


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PostPosted: Fri October 24th, 2014, 18:45 GMT 
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The vocal stumble, or hesitation, on "Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands" occurring at around 7 minutes where he sings,

"And with the child of the hoodlum wrapped up in your arms
How could they ever have (???????) you"

is present only on the Canada mono. Every subsequent release contains a clumsy edit at this point where the word "persuaded" has been spliced in. I think the original word that he hesitates on might be "invaded", but I can't be sure.


Well, if you don't ask, you don't get. If anyone feels a great desire to send me a little early Christmas present by PM please feel free. :D


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PostPosted: Fri October 24th, 2014, 19:27 GMT 
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Well, if you don't ask, you don't get. If anyone feels a great desire to send me a little early Christmas present by PM please feel free. :D
Who should we get to carry it to you? F*ckin Santa N. Claus From North Ontario. A place to go. Surrounded in mono. Who else could impress you with alien glitches that rhyme with geranium kisses? Should we leave it by your gate? One day it had to go!


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PostPosted: Fri October 24th, 2014, 19:52 GMT 
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That sure sounds like a 'yes' to me, excellent. I'll have the mistletoe waiting.


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PostPosted: Fri October 24th, 2014, 20:08 GMT 
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That sure sounds like a 'yes' to me, excellent. I'll have the mistletoe waiting.
Oops! Just indulging in wordplay. Or is that what is meant by poetry


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PostPosted: Sat October 25th, 2014, 04:30 GMT 

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In one of the earlier, slower takes of the song (I'm pretty sure it's on BS7), he sings "when I saw him build a fire on main street and shoot it full of holes". He probably decided to change that line to "when he built a fire on main street" to keep time on the faster version that made it onto the album. But he accidentally started to sing the old line, then quickly changed it, so it comes out "when I s--he built a fire...". That's always been my theory.


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PostPosted: Sat October 25th, 2014, 08:23 GMT 
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ForeignSun wrote:
In one of the earlier, slower takes of the song (I'm pretty sure it's on BS7), he sings "when I saw him build a fire on main street and shoot it full of holes". He probably decided to change that line to "when he built a fire on main street" to keep time on the faster version that made it onto the album. But he accidentally started to sing the old line, then quickly changed it, so it comes out "when I s--he built a fire...". That's always been my theory.
Hmmmm! That works


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PostPosted: Sat October 25th, 2014, 11:46 GMT 

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I think it's an edit.
It sounds like they've mixed two vocal parts together to cover a mistake up. Also, if the vocals are mixed to one track (highly likely as this was a four track recording) then all the post production work in the world won't be able to change it.
As someone else said though- there's mistakes a plenty on Blonde On Blonde. The bass and drumming on Visions Of Johanna is all over the place, in a good way.


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